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The influence of labour flows on wage drift: an empirical analysis for The Netherlands

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  • Frank A. G. Den Butter
  • Florian Eppink

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The wage level in The Netherlands is, by a large part, determined in collective labour agreements. However, the result of the processes of job destruction, job creation and job-to-job mobility is that workers move from less productive to more productive jobs. The empirical analysis shows that the resulting productivity gains are reflected in the wage drift, i.e. wage increases which are not part of the collective agreements. Yet, the size of the effects appears to be rather modest.

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  • Frank A. G. Den Butter & Florian Eppink, 2003. "The influence of labour flows on wage drift: an empirical analysis for The Netherlands," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(3), pages 139-142.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:10:y:2003:i:3:p:139-142
    DOI: 10.1080/1350485022000041069
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    1. Bastos, Paulo & Monteiro, Natália P. & Straume, Odd Rune, 2009. "Firm heterogeneity and wages in unionised labour markets: Theory and evidence," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 440-450, August.
    2. Fredrik Carlsen & Kåre Johansen & Knut RØed, 2006. "Wage Formation, Regional Migration and Local Labour Market Tightness," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 68(4), pages 423-444, August.

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